Time to Get Your Flu Shot

The flu season is upon us again. Many people regard the flu as a minor annoyance, but this can be a mistake. Annual mortality from the influenza virus in the US is often significant. The 2009 swine flu pandemic resulted in some 12,470 deaths in the...

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Pink Eye, Lice, and Strep. Oh My!

It seems like kids are constantly battling illnesses. Whether it’s the stomach bug being passed around the 2nd grade or runny noses, our little ones keep going ‘round and ‘round the merry-go-round of runny noses and sick days.

What's more, 39% of...

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Fool's Cold: Do You Really Have a Cold? Or Is It Actually the Flu?

You wake up in the morning and can barely raise your head off the pillow. A pounding headache, congestion, cough, aches, fever--you can’t even imagine driving yourself to the doctor.

What is this and can it be treated? How can you tell if you have...

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The Top 5 Ways to Have a Healthy Vacation

SUMMER! Songs are written about it, vacations planned, and lifelong memories created. You have been waiting for this all winter, and finally it’s here! 

Last summer, nearly 60% of Americans took a summer vacation. That’s about 190 million people...

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When Agitators Attack: Allergies vs. Viruses

You’ve had a dull headache for days. Your nose just won’t stop running. A string of tissues follows you everywhere you go, and it’s really starting to get annoying. So where did this come from? Was someone sick at work? Or maybe it’s because of all...

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Out With The Old, In with the New: Spring Cleaning Safety

Spring cleaning is a major phenomenon in the northern hemisphere. Closets are emptied, garages and attics purged, maybe even a floorboard scrub is thrown in––and people all around this half of the world are doing it around the same time.

Some just...

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How to Defeat Your Ugly Spring Allergies

Spring is a time to look forward––to warm weather, green setting in, flowers blooming. But with spring comes the one ugly word that dampens the season: allergies

Allergies come with the annoyances of sneezing, coughs, inflammation, and the...

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Is Your Sore Throat a Sign of Something Serious?

5 times a year, you get to hear the moans and groans of your child suffering through a sore, swollen throat:

“Mooooooooooom. My throat huuuuuurts.”

Some 40 to 60% of the time sore throats are viral, and there’s simply not much you can do but wait it...

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Does Being Cold Make You Sick?

You probably have quite a few memories of mom and dad telling you, “Bundle up, it’s chilly outside. You’ll catch a cold!”

A study was released in January suggesting that the old adage might be right, but don’t let your mom say “I told you so” just...

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